Commonwealth Games: Eboni Usoro-Brown to retire from netball | Netball News

Eboni Usoro-Brown has announced his decision to retire from netball after the end of competition in Birmingham; England will face New Zealand in the bronze medal match on Sunday afternoon; the defender has amassed 116 caps so far

Last update: 07/08/22 13:12

The defender has announced she will be retiring from the sport after the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

The defender has announced she will be retiring from the sport after the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Eboni Usoro-Brown has announced that she will be retiring from all forms of elite level netball following the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Usoro-Brown gave birth to daughter Savannah in August 2020. She returned to the sport for the final domestic and international season, aiming to make the Commonwealth Games team.

The defender moved to Australia to play for the Queensland Firebirds to give herself the best possible chance and will end her career in England’s bronze medal game against New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.

“It has been one of my greatest honors to represent England Netball in a career that spans over 17 years,” Usoro-Brown said.

“As a young girl it was my dream to play for England, and I stand proudly here today having amassed 116 caps, representing the Roses in seven major tournaments, highlighted by to be part of the team that created history by winning gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the honor of being inducted into the English Netball Hall of Fame.

“Being a Rose is a huge privilege that I never took for granted. Every time I appeared in the red dress, I never wanted it to be the last,” she continued.

Eboni Usoro-Brown returned to an international tribunal after the birth of her daughter and wanted to inspire others to do the same (Image credit: Morgan Harlow)

Eboni Usoro-Brown returned to an international tribunal after the birth of her daughter and wanted to inspire others to do the same (Image credit: Morgan Harlow)

“After giving birth to Savannah in 2020, one of my goals was to make the Commonwealth Games team. It has been incredibly special over the past 10 days to have my daughter sitting in the crowd in watching his mother continue to fulfill her dreams about the world organize.

“However, it is also for this reason, on my own terms, that I have decided to retire to give myself more time to fully focus on my young family and my legal career.

“I hope my journey will inspire future Roses, girls and women to know that with unwavering determination, a support network and an unwavering faith in your own abilities, absolutely anything is possible, even a successful dual career while being mom.”

During his England domestic netball career, Usoro-Brown played two spells for the Bath Netball team, winning four Vitality Netball Superleague titles (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010), then captaining Blue and Gold for six seasons between 2016 and 2021.

She has also played overseas for West Coast Fever, the Adelaide Thunderbirds and more recently the Firebirds.

Usoro-Brown was inducted into the England Netball Hall of Fame in December 2020 and since having her daughter has spoken openly about her desire to inspire other mothers in sport.

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